• The Queen of Code – English Listening Exercise

    I’m actually a little embarrassed that I didn’t know who Grace Hopper was a week ago. She is perhaps one of the most important people in the history of computers as we know them, but she’s not nearly as well known as Steve Jobs or Bill Gates.

    These days, technology, and especially coding, seems to be a man’s world, with one prominent programmer going so far as to (ridiculously) suggest that men are better evolved to be programmers. The story of Grace Hopper shows us how involved women have been in technology.

    Interested in Grace? Watch the video below, then see if you can answer the listening questions. The questions are from the first 3 minutes of the video, but if you have time try to watch the whole thing, it’s worth it.

    1. What does she compare women in computer science to? Why?

    2. Grace Hopper is ___ __ one of the most _____ characters in computer science.

    3. She was _____ long before that was an accepted expression.

    4. In Cedar Falls, Iowa, they celebrate by ____ ___ for nearby farms.

    5. What were the women in the above sentence doing?

    6. They’d ____ the problem ____, and then two our three days later you’d come back and you’d have the problem solved.

    7. Why did she have problems joining the Navy?

    8. What did commander Aiken say when she went to her first job with the Navy?

    9. I’d always loved a good ____, and I’m afraid that ____ ___ ____ when I first saw Mark I, my first thought was, “gee that’s the prettiest ____ I ever __.”

    10. Why do you think the audience laughs at the statement above? She uses a word that would be considered a mistake in written English, which one is it?

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